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Undergoing a kitchen renovation is an investment that will last many years. It can even increase the value of your home. Many homeowners dream of the day when they can completely redo their kitchen. If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, the most important thing you can do is begin the planning process before doing anything else. Planning will ensure that you’re completely prepared before you start the project. It’ll also help you avoid frequent mistakes that can cause serious headaches later. Here are some common kitchen remodel mistakes and what you can do to prevent them.

Plan Ahead and Avoid These 10 Kitchen Renovation Mishaps

  • Failing to add the “triangle”

In kitchens, the “triangle” refers to the 3-point connection between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. These three major appliances are the most used in the kitchen, so you’ll want to design your kitchen, so these three main areas are no more than a few feet away from each other. Incorporating the “triangle” helps to ensure that your kitchen has a functional layout.

  • Designing aisles that are too narrow

Many things need to fit in a kitchen, including people and appliances. Not planning enough space for the aisles can make it difficult for multiple cooks to be in the kitchen simultaneously. When designing your new space, ensure that all spaces between walls, islands, and appliances are between 42-48 inches wide. 

  • Not planning for enough clearance

Kitchens are full of appliances, and they’ve got to fit in different spaces throughout the room. For example, you’ll likely have appliances such as coffee makers, air fryers, or stand mixers on your countertops. Make sure you allow enough height between the counter and the bottom of the upper cabinets to fit any appliances you may want to leave on the counter. Most people allow for 18-20 inches for this space.

  • DIY cabinet painting

Painting kitchen cabinets is an expensive process, so many people try to DIY this step. Keep in consideration that a kitchen renovation is an opportunity to rethink the layout of the kitchen. For example, is it beneficial to change the layout of your kitchen? Do you want to upgrade the doors on your cabinets? If you’re fine with the current design and style of cabinets, consider hiring professionals to help you paint to ensure it’s done correctly.

  • Not planning for enough storage

It’s easy to overlook planning for kitchen storage spaces while you’re in the middle of picking cabinet designs and countertops. Add creative storage areas to keep items tidy and organized when planning your space. Adding under-counter storage on your island or a small cabinet can give you a place to stash things that might not otherwise have a home. 

  • Relying too much on trends

Many of us want a kitchen that looks trendy and modern, but many experts caution against being too trendy with kitchen design. In many cases, trends come and go quickly. Large elements in the kitchen, such as countertops and cabinets, should be more of a timeless style, while light fixtures, backsplashes, and cabinet hardware can be the trendy element in the kitchen.

  • Removing counter space

If you’re completely renovating your kitchen with a new design, ensure you add enough countertop space. You’ll want at least the same countertop space you had before and more, if possible. Extending the countertop is possible using corbels or shelving supports which gives you more working area.

  •  Underutilizing your square footage


Have you ever opened the door to an appliance only to have it bump into something else? This annoying mistake can easily be remedied when you plan for enough space for the items in your kitchen. Take into account the direction and size of any doors in the kitchen, including those on cabinets and appliances, so they have enough clearance. Then plan the space accordingly.

  • Underestimating the cost of renovation

Failing to have an accurate budget for the renovation is a common mistake. Before starting your renovation, take the time to research the common cost of flooring, cabinets, accessories, lighting, cabinets, and appliances. Doing the research will give you a better idea of how much you should include in the budget. Then, give yourself a little wiggle room for extras. It’s common to recommend about a 15 to 20 percent contingency. 

  • Not consulting a professional

While it’s common to think you can DIY a kitchen remodel, consider consulting a professional before beginning the project. Hiring a professional to design your kitchen plans, fine-tune any details, or even complete the renovation will save you time. They’ll also have expert advice and offer ideas you may not have already considered.

Skip the Headaches by Hiring the Pros

Anyone who has undergone a kitchen remodel understands all the time and work that goes into the process. When you hire a professional, you’ll not only speed up the process of the remodel, but you’ll make the most of your renovation. You’ll be able to focus on other aspects of your life instead of putting a lot of time and energy into the remodel. In addition, you’ll have the assurance that the work has been done correctly, avoiding further potential headaches in the future. 

We’re Salt Lake City’s #1 Kitchen Remodeling Company

At Aspire, we know that the kitchen is the heart of your home. Let us create an efficient and beautiful kitchen that you’ll be proud of and excited to use for years. We focus on creating a functional kitchen layout, utilizing space efficiently, and creating a stunning appearance that will welcome your friends and family. To get started on your kitchen remodel in Utah, contact Aspire Construction today.